TEFL Course News

June 2013

All the latest deals and news from Thailand's major TEFL course providers


 SEE TEFL Chiang Mai

SEE TEFL up in Chiang Mai have been teaching a full-time 120-hour course for seven years and can boast over 600 graduates. They now offer a teacher training and paid internship opportunity twice a year to coincide with the two school semesters in Thailand. The next internship training date is 30th September to 11th October 2013. The SEE TEFL internship program is a great way to experience Thailand as a paid teacher, but also ideal for those who aren't ready to commit to a 4-week TEFL course program or a teaching committment longer than five months. Internship includes pre-arrival classroom familiarization training, two weeks face-to-face classroom skills and cultural awareness induction training in Chiang Mai. Then a paid one-semester teaching job of four to five months in a rural or provincial Thai school. Interns are paid a minimum of 25,000 baht a month. More information here.  

Island TEFL

Island TEFL on Koh Samui and Phuket is offering Ajarn readers the opportunity to enroll on any of its internationally accredited 120-hour courses at Koh Samui, Phuket or Bangkok for just $595 U.S. (17,900 Baht). Alternatively, you can sign up for their online 120-hour certification program for $225 (6,900 Baht) Island TEFL also offers a hybrid course where you study online followed by four days of practical experience. In addition, they now offer a 150-hour TEFL/TESOL diploma certificate (Island TEFL's equivalent of the CELTA) OK, what else? Island TEFL offers a guaranteed placement offer program to course graduates and also offers placements for teachers coming off other TEFL course programs. You can get a good taste for the courses by watching the Island TEFL YouTube videos  If you would like more information on any of the programs visit the Island TEFL website or the on-line TEFL express website. You can also e-mail philip@islandtefl.com or skype 'Island TEFL' because Phil would love to answer any questions you may have.

Global TESOL

What's happening at Global TESOL? Well, they offer the standard 120-hour courses but also offer an interesting range of specialized courses including 'Teaching Tourism English', 'Teaching Business English' and 'Teaching Children English'. They also offer in-class, online or correspondence options for you to obtain your TESOL certificate. In-class students can take advantage of free accommodation, the opportunity to buddy up with a teacher for one day to see what it's really like as a qualified ESL teacher. If you want to find out more, you can talk personally to a Global TESOL Instructor on 088 768 4025 to find the best course for you.

TEFLPlus Phuket

We like a lucky draw on the ajarn TEFL course news blog and TEFLPlus had its second lucky draw on the 20th May. Another lucky winner won 29 nights free accommodation in Patong Beach, Phuket worth 18,000 Baht. There are still two more chances to win this year. To enter, simply download your free copy of the Surviving Thailand Guide from the TEFLPlus website. The next draw is on 15th June, so be sure to check your inbox then to see if you've won. If you would like to get an inside look at TEFLPlus Phuket, in this video, Li takes you on a guided tour of TEFLPlus' training centre at Patong Language School. PLS in Phuket's is a well-established private language school and is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.


Entrust TEFL's all-inclusive program includes resort accommodation and various activities such as a Thai massage, elephant trekking and white-water rafting. Entrust believes in fostering a kinship among students and creating a support group for graduates to grow their knowledge and make teaching fun. They also have a record of placing all of their course graduates in Thai schools. You can click the like button on Facebook or visit the Entrust TEFL website for more information, program pictures and videos. According to course management the April 2013 program was an absolute blast and they are looking forward to the May group being just as exciting.

Chiang Mai University TEFL

Last month seven trainees took advantage of the CMUTEFL Priority Club and were able to jump the queue and obtain employment with Chiang Mai University and other schools in Chiang Mai. CMUTEFL will be recruiting 10 teachers for the second semester (between October and March) to work on various teaching projects in Lumphun. Successful graduates from the CMUTEFL program will be guaranteed a salary of 25,000 Baht per month plus free accommodation as well as Non-immigrant B visa and work permit. Still not sure about what a Thai university campus environment looks like, check out their new virtual campus tour on youtube . Finally, for those of you who have been teaching for more than 2 years and are looking to upgrade your qualification, starting in August, Chiang Mai University will offer its CMU DipTEFL. This 6-month part-time course is an advance qualification in teaching English aimed at more experienced teachers. E-mail for more information,

Kent and TEFL England

TEFL England, a very well-known TEFL course provider from the UK, are now in Thailand! Courses are being run by The Kent School of Languages in Bangkok. And to celebrate the opening, Kent School of Languages have a very nice introductory price of 27,000 baht for the course starting on the 8th of July. Sign up and you will also have access to their TEFL job center. The school is very conveniently located, just a few minutes walk from a skytrain station in the bustling Lower Sukhumwit Road area. The Kent School of Languages also offer Thai language courses and the ED study visa in one convenient package. Visit the Kent SOL website or alternatively the TEFL England site for more details.

Samui TEFL

Samui TEFL is now re-running their promotional price of 35,000 baht. This price excludes accommodation, but includes all resources as well as a teacher's bag containing tools and stationery, a welcome lunch, and also airport collection. Courses are limited to small groups and conducted by Kathryn Webb - a trainer with over 20 years experience. The feedback on the new location - just 300 metres to one of Samui's great beaches - has been fantastic, with students making full use of the pool and sala at lunch-time too. Samui TEFL also has a large database of schools and agents, not only in Thailand but in China too, and assist trainees in compiling their CVs and job hunting. If you go to the ajarn.com competition page, we have a chance for you to win a free seat on this particular TEFL program.

UniTEFL Chiang Mai

UniTEFL International in Chiang Mai is extending an offer to Ajarn.com readers. Register now and participate in their "Summer Special".  Join the July course beginning on July 1st, mention that you saw this offer on Ajarn and pay only $1,175 dollars for the 120-hour teacher training program, that's a substantial saving of over $300 offered only once a year. In addition, you will be eligible for UniTEFL's lifetime job placement assistance (TESOL network) offering job services worldwide. You will also experience live teaching in local government schools and gain some insights into the Thai education system. For more details visit the UniTEFL website or email direct

American TESOL Institute

For 2013 along with its regular TESOL course and guaranteed job projects, American TESOL Institute has launched a one-week specialized teaching practice course for teachers with qualifications but no teaching experience. The course will include classroom management skills pertaining to Thailand and teaching different lessons across different age groups in actual Thai schools. ATI's second offering in the New Year is a blended hybrid course comprising both online study and in-class training for freshers


What's happening at AYC, TEFL course provider and one of the largest teacher recruiters in Thailand? Well, they have cut the prices of their 120-hour on-site Bangkok TESOL Course to 799 USD for the regular course and 999 USD with private accommodation (a studio apartment) AYC offers internationally recognized certification from INTESOL USA and NCFE UK and one of the aims of the course is to create a source of qualified and prepared teachers for the AYC English program in Thailand. A large number of teachers have already gained work through this channel. For more information, you can contact KD on 0892 357 356 or send an e-mail 

Chichester College

Steve, from the popular Chichester College TESOL Course in Bangkok, has written an excellent blog entry entitled, "How much Thai do I need to be able to speak?". This is the question on everyones lips when they first consider teaching English in Thailand and Steve's ever-friendly writing tone makes this piece a pleasure to read.

Green TEFL Chiang Mai

Nava School of English is one of the biggest teacher recuiters in the Chiang Mai area, with over 20 schools on its books. Nava recruits teachers directly from the Green TEFL program. Green TEFL offers its students a one-year ED visa, job assistance, practical teaching experience and also free transportation to and from the school. 

Visions TEFL

Visions TEFL have just been granted their Thai Language Communication course licence by the MOE and are going to be integrating it into their TEFL Course. This means that every applicant going through the TEFL course starting next month, will also be taking 30 hours of Thai language course study and get a separate certificate for that. Visions TEFL are also launching more weekend excursions and activities including elephant trekking plus ATV rides. Visions TEFL are located down in Hat Yai - a bustling Thai city with a real international atmosphere. So that's certainly something different in terms of location. You can Email them for more info or call Dalton at 0869561126.

With the help of some of Thailand's TEFL course providers, we list ten of the reasons why Thailand can be a good choice for your TEFL course.


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